In the year and a half I have been blogging about random thoughts, recipes, and parenting lessons I have learned, I have gained a steady stream of good traffic, and I am proud of that. It has been a slow road, full of ups and downs, but I have learned quite a bit from my first semi-successful beginner blog.
I'm pretty sure you know the feeling. This feeling of frustration to see some growth- any growth on your blog. You feel like you've tried every possible strategy. But things aren't moving as fast as you'd like. You just don't seem to be getting the ROI for your efforts. Forget money. You're not even getting shares, subscribers, recognition or engagement.
When I first started blogging, I had no clue that blogging was hard work. I, like most people started blogging to keep a journal of my conversations and experiences with my kids. As I began to enjoy what I was writing and saw that my audience liked it too, I realized that blogging requires not only that you enjoy writing in your niche, but also requires tremendous focus, discipline and a ton of learning -- just like in any other subject.